The Castlegar Rebels are excited to announce their first two commitments for the 2020-2021 season. The Rebels will be bringing in two more players from Prairie Hockey Academy of the CSSHL. Last season Prairie Hockey alumni Jaedon Little contributed to the Rebels offense with 9 goals and 26 assists for 35 points in his 37 game rookie campaign. This coming season the Rebels will look to continue the trend and welcome forward Zach Ashworth and defenceman Colton Aikens.
This past season Colton Aikens led Prairie Hockey Academy and the CSSHL Midget Varsity league in scoring, registering 27 goals and 22 assists for 49 points in 32 games. Aikens, from Briercrest, Saskatchewan, was the Captain at Prairie Hockey Academy and will have an immediate impact, bringing more offense to our blue line. Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin spoke about adding Aikens to the Rebels roster “Colton is an elite level player, he has a vision for the ice that is a step ahead of everyone else around him. He skillfully controls the puck and will be looked at to be a quarterback for our offense, right out of the gate this season!” Aikens is excited to be coming to Castlegar next season, he talked about his decision “the culture of the team is phenomenal and growing up in a small town, Castlegar seems to be a great fit for me – and to add, it’s a beautiful town”. Aikens also looks forward to performing in front of the Rebels fans next season. When asked what the Rebels fans can expect to see from him, he added “I plan to bring my hard work and playmaking ability to the ice to help the Rebels to a successful season”.
Ashworth, originally from Estevan, Saskatchewan, will come to the Rebels following two seasons with Prairie Hockey Academy. In 55 games over the past two seasons he scored 23 goals and added 38 assists for 61 points and 38 PIMs. This past season Ashworth was a nominee for the CSSHL Midget Varsity Most Sportsmanlike Player award. Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin is excited to add Ashworth this season “He brings an exceptional compete level, paired with his skill and high hockey IQ to get to the right spots at the right time. His play away from the puck allows him to create opportunities for offense every time he is on the ice”. Ashworth talked about his decision to commit to the Rebels “Hearing about how Coach Duffin runs the Rebels organization, and the positive impact it has on the Castlegar community, that is what makes me want to be a Rebel!” When asked about what the Rebels fans can expect to see from him this season, he described himself as “a quick two way forward that plays the game with intensity and a high compete level”.
If you want to see a glimpse of what to expect from Ashworth next season, check out a highlight reel of his goals on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WTb06v4PsBo
The Rebels are excited about the pipeline of players they have with Prairie Hockey Academy. Duffin spoke about their program and relationship “PHA is focused on developing players skills and abilities, but more importantly, they develop excellent young men. The type of guys you want to build a program around. At Junior hockey character trumps skill, so you want to be confident in the young men you add to your program. For prospective players to play for the Rebels, they need to have high skill, compete & grit, IQ and high character. These are the qualities that are developed at PHA and we are excited to continue to add players from their program”.
Goodwin Commits to Concordia University Wisconsin (ACHA D2)
The Castlegar Rebels are excited to announce the commitment of 1998 born Dallas Goodwin, to Concordia University Wisconsin (ACHA D2). Goodwin has played for the Rebels for the past 4 seasons, putting him 11th overall in Games Played; for the franchise. CUW was in attendance at the KIJHL College Showcase in December, and Head Coach Brandon Richards was excited to have the opportunity to watch and meet with Goodwin during the event. Dallas is dynamic defenseman who can adapt to any situation. His vision and puck control make him a dual threat in both ends of the ice. Dallas will bring a very high skill set and motivated attitude to our CUW hockey program. The Rebels are excited that Goodwin is our first post-secondary commitment coming out of the 2018-2019 season and we are forward to more announcements coming soon. Head Coach & General Manager Carter Duffin was happy to support Goodwin through the process, Dallas had a great opportunity to learn and develop this season, both with his play and his leadership abilities, and took full advantage of those opportunities. He is a versatile player, playing both defence and forward during the season, and was one of our Assistant Captains this season. He was able to provide leadership in the room and set an example on the ice with his play. The Rebels organization would like to thank Dallas Goodwin for his years of service and would like to wish him the very best as he takes the next step of his hockey career.
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The Castlegar Rebels have announced the details for its upcoming Main Camp for the 2019-2020 season.
The camp will be held Friday, August 30 through to Sunday, September 1 at the Castlegar and District Recreation Complex. Following camp, the Rebels will head directly into exhibition games the following week, allowing many players extended opportunities to earn their spot in the line-up. The Rebels are coming off of a rebuild season, which will see a number of strong returning players coming back to lead the Rebels this season. Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin says every spot still needs to be earned at camp. Our returning players will be expected to return with an extremely high level of preparedness, and along with any of our recruited or committed players, the expectation is every player in attendance will be expected to compete at a high level. Every player in camp (veterans, committed players, recruits) will have an opportunity to make our team, if they prove it, they will earn it. The Rebels will cap their camp at two teams to ensure the highest level of competition, and to give every player the opportunity to spend time and be challenged by the Rebels staff. Duffin notes that the camp will include fitness testing, practices lead by the Rebels coaching staff and intra-squad games, allowing players to showcase themselves to the best of their abilities in all aspects of the game. As a staff, we want to spend time and continue to build a relationship with all of our recruits during this weekend. We want to make sure they are the right fit for the Rebels program and our vision to move forward, which is not only on the ice, but their personal character off the ice and in the community as well explains Duffin.
For more information about the camp or registration, please contact Head Coach and General Manager Carter Duffin at Carter.Duffin@gmail.com